Social Sciences Book Reviews

Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A galvanizing forecast of global warming's endgame and a powerful indictment of America's current stance."
A well-researched and grim exploration of the connections between climate change and the political hostility toward the refugees it creates. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. Read full book review >

ANOTHER FINE MESS by Helen Epstein
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sizzling indictment of Uganda's current strongman and of the American policy in Africa that supports his corrupt regime with generous foreign aid."
A valiant attempt to disentangle the many threads snarled in the continuing African tragedy. Read full book review >
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES by David Friend
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."
How multiculturalism and sexual liberation shaped a distinctive decade. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >

THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS by Lauren  Markham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey (2006)."
Markham relies on her roles as a journalist and a worker in the realm of refugee resettlement and immigrant education to craft a powerful narrative about an experience that plays out every day in the United States. Read full book review >
SURVIVOR CAFÉ by Elizabeth Rosner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A thoughtful, probing meditation on the fragility of memory and the indelible inheritance of pain."
Trauma informs a memoir palpable with anger, sorrow, and frustration. Read full book review >
TALES OF TWO AMERICAS by John Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Urgent, worthy reportage from our fractious, volatile social and cultural moment.
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A penetrating multidisciplinary collection attacking today's social fissures of privilege and inequality. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning."
An argument for why higher education requires radical change to prepare students for an unpredictable future. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A thoughtful progressive feint against the vulgar fearmongering of the moment."
A provocative look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read for those running our prisons and for policymakers in a position to reform them."
A scathing report on the harsh culture of punishment in American prisons that finds expression most keenly in solitary confinement. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A vivid, highly disturbing narrative with relevance to current discussions of economic inequality and workplace safety."
The disheartening but well-told account of a grisly 1991 factory fire that exemplifies the social costs of institutional racism and "cheap" capitalism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >